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The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs is dedicated to being an advocate for our nation's veterans. The Committee convenes hearings, conducts oversight and investigations, and is responsible for all legislation relating to veterans benefits and medical care. We appreciate learning of problems, concerns, and areas of success that we can use to help all veterans.
"The number of women veterans who are ending up homeless has nearly doubled over the last decade. One out of every 10 homeless veterans under the age of 45 is now a woman. Many of these homeless, female veterans have kids." –Senator Murray
The majority of VA programs and service providers currently available to homeless veterans focus on assisting male veterans. However, as a result of the increasing number of women serving in the Armed Forces, more than five percent of veterans requesting assistance from VA and community-based homeless veteran service providers are women. More than 10 percent of these women have dependent children. In addition, a significant number of male homeless veterans have dependent children.
In the 111th Congress, Chairman Patty Murray, then a senior Committee Member, sponsored S. 1237, the Homeless Veterans and Other Veterans Health Care Authorities Act, which is designed to address the lack of assistance for homeless veterans.
Provisions derived from Chairman Murray’s legislation were included in a comprehensive veterans’ benefits package, the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which was signed into law on October 3, 2010, as Public Law 111-275. The new law authorizes federal grants to provide job training, counseling, placement, and childcare services to homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children.
CLICK HERE to view summary of the law's homeless provision